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CaptainVertigo
2013-06-10 02:42:40
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Music To Watch Mountains By
I got up the noses of some senior members a few years back by condemning their water devices, the bladder things attached to soothers that they suck continuously. To slake a thirst you first need to be parched. These sucker things may well stave off the pain of thirst, but, paradoxically they also prevent its relief. Where is the moment of joy in that? It's part of the Decline of the West.. Why don't children experience Christmas as we did? Because when every day is Christmas, no day is Christmas. Which brings me to the intricate question of mountain aesthetics. I have a simple insight. The greatest mountain moments occur when beauty is revealed in a transformative instant without previews or warnings. When this happens after a gruelling struggle the relief, and therefore the joy, can be overwhelming. Of course we may seek to engineer these moments. Keeping our eyes fixed on the ground in front of us until the key moment, then sweeping around to take in the view. This artificial suspense is but a pale imitation of the sensation achieved when something very special is revealed suddenly and unexpectedly during or after struggle. Last Saturday, I was dragging myself along in the heat of a glorious June day, rationing my almost exhausted water, coming to the end of a long route in the Dunkerrons, when I was faced with the seemingly vertical south western face of Beann. I gritted my teeth and forced myself to take a few steps, then another few, and so on. It seemed never ending. But end it did. Not in usual way, with the gradient softening. No, One moment I was gasping and hauling my jaded bones up inch by inch: the next I was on a long grassy ridge, narrow enough to allow views on both sides, but just wide enough to give security. It was inexpressibly beautiful. A spring tide of airiness, of physical relief, of grandeur. Land and sea. Lakes of deepest blue. Rock twisted like frozen dough. Gentle warmth and gentle breeze. To be alive, and to be at peace. To be momentarily complete. This is beyond words. But it is not beyond music. The very next day I was driving my stiff and sore body home when a tune came on the radio that could have been written for that mountain, and that moment. Romantic in the true meaning of the word. Wistful because beauty is fleeting. Please move to YouTube for Chopin's Barcarolle (see link captioning the album cover). If you can spare the full nine and a half minutes please do. Otherwise begin at 5 minutes 57 seconds....Elevation takes many forms. Be elevated!
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Scarr ridge from Trooperstown Carpark
simon3 a day ago.
A different place to start from to reach Scarr with a lot of car-parking. Return uses Wicklow Way in part. walk, Len: 14.2km, Climb: 498m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Scarr

  
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Near Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Caption walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 158m, Area: Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Ring Hill

  
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Topped Mountain: Short & simple
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A simple little Minion to climb (the name Topped 'Mountain' is a bit of a stretch). A gravel path & steps from a carpark will see you reach the top in about 15 minutes, and you won't even need you...

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Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 4 days ago.
Coomnacronia taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
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Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A fine hill with a well defined summit and great views. Plenty of parking spots along the R254 directly to the south of the summit. From there it's a relatively simple 1km climb to the top.

  
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Near Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Sunday A walk started at Cush carpark taking in the soldier?s hole, Saunder?s Lodge, the grassey Knol, ice road. Lou walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 1000m, Area: Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Irela

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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
For the walkers who may not wish to visit the summit area a photo of same.

  
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
The walk from the car parked at L7692629281 on the graveyard road to the high point is short but out from the public road it is entirely on private property . Access via the gate up to the small c...

  
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Slievenashaska: Wild mountain run
Dbosonnet 4 days ago.
Slievenashaska taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

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Into The Coum(eragh)'s
GSheehy 4 days ago.
The forecast was for heat, so I said I?d have an early start. Down to the base layer by the time I got to The Gap at ... walk, Len: 27.2km, Climb: 1226m, Area: Coumfea West Top, Comeragh Mountains (I

  
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Eanach Mheáin: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
Connemara Island Golf Course is a nine hole course located on this island and just inside its entrance at L9080830893 is the 11th/17th hole where the natural high point is adjacent to the ladies t...

  
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Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
By parking at L8760028966 you can walk on to open hillside with no access issues . A gentle accent to the summit area which unlike its nearest neighbour has no seating arrangements for the visitor...


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